Solan is a town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and the district headquarters of Solan district. The largest Municipal Council of Himachal Pradesh, it is located 46 km south of the state capital, Shimla. At an average elevation of 1550 m. The place is named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini Devi. Every year in the month of June, a fair venerating the goddess is held, featuring a 3-day mela at the central Thodo grounds. Solan was the capital of the erstwhile princely state, Baghat.